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H.R. 7922 (116th): Pandemic Regulatory Cost Relief Act of 2020

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 4, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 7922


August 4, 2020

(for himself, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Cloud, Ms. Foxx of North Carolina, Mr. Norman, Mr. Green of Tennessee, and Mr. Keller) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To minimize increases in the cost of complying with Federal rules during the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pandemic Regulatory Cost Relief Act of 2020.


Prohibition against increasing regulatory compliance costs during coronavirus pandemic


In general

A Federal rule for which an agency has estimated the costs of compliance may not be promulgated during the covered period if such rule increases the total Federal regulatory compliance costs for the class of entities to be subject to the rule, unless—


such increase is offset by a corresponding rescission of rules that reduces the total Federal regulatory compliance cost for that class of entities by an equal or greater amount; or


the Director of the Office of Management and Budget—




that no such corresponding rescission of rules is available to be made; or


the rule is necessary for the protection of—


public health against the coronavirus pandemic; or


national security; and


publishes a notice to that effect in the Federal Register at the time the rule is promulgated.



In this section:


Coronavirus pandemic

The term coronavirus pandemic means the SARS–CoV–2 pandemic of 2019–2020.


Covered period

The term covered period means the period that—


begins on the date of the enactment of this section; and


ends on the date that is 1 year after the date on which the public health emergency declared under section 319 of the Public Health Services Act (42 U.S.C. 247d) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic expires, or any renewal thereof.


Regulatory compliance cost

The term regulatory compliance cost means any direct cost, and any reasonably foreseeable indirect cost (including revenue lost), of complying with a Federal rule.



The term rule has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code.